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Cliff Kirkpatrick Nominated As Next Stated Clerk

Date 04 May 1996 15:23:09


              Cliff Kirkpatrick Nominated As Next Stated Clerk 
                    by Jerry Van Marter and Barry Creech 
LOUISVILLE, Ky--The search committee for a new stated clerk announced May 
3, that its nominee is the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick.  Kirkpatrick is 
currently the director of the Worldwide Ministries Division in Louisville. 
Search committee chair, Brian D. Ellison, issued the following statement on 
behalf of the committee: 
    "With excitement and unanimity, the Stated Clerk Review/Nomination 
Committee announces that it will place the name of Clifton Kirkpatrick in 
nomination for the office of Stated Clerk of the General Assembly at the 
208th General Assembly (1996) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
     "Dr. Kirkpatrick was ordained in 1968 by the Presbytery of Northeast 
Texas.  He is currently serving as director of the Worldwide Ministries 
Division of the General Assembly Council, a position in which he directs 
the PCUSA's work in ecumenical partnerships, global service and witness, 
and people in mutual mission. 
     "The committee was particularly impressed with Kirkpatrick's 
theologically grounded vision for the church and his approach to leadership 
rooted firmly in Scripture and the Reformed tradition.  He is a gifted and 
experienced administrator, currently coordinating 80 staff colleagues, 450 
mission personnel, and 500 international volunteers; working with leaders 
of 84 partner churches, an elected division committee, leaders of 30 
related groups and advisory committees, and colleagues in other General 
Assembly entities; and overseeing a $40 million budget.  He is also a 
person of deep faith and integrity, respected by Christian leaders both 
within the United States and around the world. 
     "The committee began its work after its election at last year's 
General Assembly.  Since that time, it has solicited input and names of 
possible nominess from all across the church.  Applications were 
impressive, both in number and in overall quality.  Still, Kirkpatrick was 
the committee's clear and unanimous selection.  We look forward with joy to 
presenting this most qualified individual to the Assembly on June 29." 

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